Alive After Five
This Wednesday, the talented Dave Andrews Band kicks off the new season of Alive After Five. If you haven't heard them before, you're in for a treat.
If you're not familiar with AAF (as we in the know like to call it), you just moved to Boise this week. That must be the explanation because how else could you not know about one of Boise's most anticipated and festive events? Why else could you not know that every Wednesday at 5 p.m., you and your friends and family can hang out at the Grove and listen to some of the greatest music around? And, if you didn't know about the music, you certainly didn't know that during the AAF season, some of the best restaurants in town have delicious food and drink available for purchase. If you already knew all of this, good. Now, go out and share your knowledge with those less informed and get ready to dance, eat and mingle with your fellow citizens.
5 p.m., FREE. Grove Plaza.
Junior Brown at the Egyptian
As part of the Egyptian Theatre's awesome concert series, Junior Brown is coming to Boise, and bringing his "guit-steel" and unique country-rock blend with him. Don't even stop to think about it: Get your tickets now.
8 p.m., $24 (assigned seating). The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454. Tickets are available at the Boise Co-op, the Record Exchange or at the Egyptian Theatre box office.
A Chef's Affaire
Now in it's eighth year, A Chef's Affaire pairs fine food with civic mindedness in order to raise money for a worthy cause. The annual event brings together the culinary whizzes from 20 of the Valley's best restaurants and caterers, with wine from local wineries, for your epicurean delight. While you enjoy the finest food and wine Boise has to offer, you can bid on your favorite chef in the live auction for a private catering at your home by one of the evening's chefs. There will also be a silent auction featuring merchandise and dining packages and live music by Steve Eaton. Fittingly, all the money raised will benefit the Idaho Foodbank.
6:30-11 p.m. $85 per person or $160 per couple. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., 336-8900. Tickets are available at Select-a-Seat outlets, at www.idahotickets.com, or by calling the Idaho Foodbank at 336-9643, ext. 225.
Wild Rockies Revenge of the Singletrack
Wild Rockies will be doing their thing in Twin Falls this time around, unseasonal heat and the unusual humidity be damned. Revenge of the Singletack is for those tough enough to withstand it--and for spectators who like to watch athletes punish themselves.
Head out to the Magic Mountain Ski Resort this weekend to see some mountain biking and running. Bikers will compete in the 14th Annual Revenge of the Singletrack, a course with plenty of singletrack, climbs, descents and rollers. Beginners do one 10-mile loop and Trailblazers do one four-mile loop at 11 a.m.; Sports do 19 miles at 12:35 p.m.; Pros and Experts do two-and-a-half 10-mile loops at 12:30 p.m.
Revenge runners will compete in the 3rd Annual Revenge of the Singletrack Run. The race begins at 9 a.m. and follows a tough, rolling 10-mile loop.
Free camping on-site, as well as food and drink, will be available.
Magic Mountain Resort, 26 miles south of I-84, (Hansen Exit), 35 miles from Twin Falls. For more information, visit www.wildrockies.com.
Boise Valley Blues & Brews Festival
Anymore, great blues festivals seem to abound around these parts. The Boise Valley Blues & Brews Festival is one to add to your list of must-attend blues events. The music begins at noon with Roberson and Beese; Next Exit plays at 1:45 p.m., Underscore plays at 3:25 p.m., Bobby Lindstrom plays at 4 p.m., Soulfood Cafe plays at 5:45 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m., headliners Jimmy Lloyd Rea and the Switchmasters take the stage. Rea has played with the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Albert King, Albert Collins, Big Walter Horton, Snooky Pryor, Sonny Rhoades, Charlie Musselwhite, Paul Butterfield, Freddie King, B.B. King, Canned Heat and Savoy Brown.
Besides all this great music, there will be all sorts of family friendly activities, a motorcycle show and plenty of craft beers for quaffing.
Proceeds from this festival benefit the Boise Blues Society's "Blues in the Schools" program.
Doors open at 10 a.m., music begins at noon. $10. Farmer Brown's Amphitheater (corner of Star Rd. & Chinden Blvd.). For more information, visit www.boiseblues.org.
Hyde Park 13th on 13th
Organizers bill 13th on 13th as "Boise's Best Neighborhood Block Party," and ain't it the truth, though? This family friendly event brings the community out to picturesque Hyde Park to enjoy the weather, great food, great merchants and great people. Go be one of them!
5 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park (13th St.). For more information, visit www.northend.org/13th.asp.